We produce custom civiCRM/Drupal solutions for professional organizations and societies to satisfy their membership management needs. In its standard configuration, civiCRM provides a great deal of functionality and its integration with Drupal is outstanding.
We are also active in extending civiCRM with custom extension modules which are in development at our Github account(https://github.com/awasson)
CiviCRM has one of the most active and friendliest communities I have come across. From initial tentative forum posts I was encouraged into engaging more actively through IRC and directly with other groups & individuals and am now happy to count many community members as friends. I recently found an article on the web that said if you post a question about CiviCRM anywhere on the web Lobo will post an answer within a few hours. It often feels like that is true.
One of the most valuable way in which the community supports me is by allowing me to bounce my ideas around and often someone is able to suggest an approach which is better than mine.
From fundraising websites which really connect you with your donors to essential tools for care organisations to manage their data, Civi has allowed us to do some amazing things for our clients. It's such a flexible platform and has such a great community which we're proud to be a part of.
We help many not for profits implement CiviCRM through consultancy, training, configuration and custom development. Many of them come from a painful world of old Access databases, multiple spreadsheets and even paper. It's really satisfying to
help people move on with a system that's so much in tune with their own ethics of sharing and collaboration. We also 'eat our own dog food' and use Civi in-house for our client records because we love the flexibility and control it gives us.
For us it's important to share code and advice with other members of the community when we can because we know we get it back in help at other times. The community really is awesome and one of the friendliest and undaunting I've come across. We appreciate the huge value of the software to us and our clients so we try to contribute back and make it even better.
CiviCRM is probably the best CRM system I have seen on the market for non profits.
It has all the features our clients need - most of them straight out of the box. There is also a wealth of knowledge on the community forums and many plugins created by the Drupal community.
We would recommend CiviCRM as our first choice to our clients in the non profit sector who are looking for a CRM solution.
Submitted by SarahGladstone on February 16, 2014 - 07:38
Have you ever needed to send an email from CiviCRM that includes a list of upcoming events? Then you know how much fun the copy/paste effort this entails, especially if you want to use a checksum in the links to register. Plus you know you get to repeat the whole exciting process for the next newsletter the following week or month. Or if you have someone else you need to train on this task, try explaining to a non-technical person how to hand-edit the URL query string to include the checksum paramaters.
Submitted by Peter Haight on October 11, 2013 - 15:45
We've started to look into changing how objects get persisted in CiviCRM and what can we do to make things easier for people extending CiviCRM. Part of our approach is to try and integrate Doctrine into CiviCRM.
Submitted by andrewhunt on September 27, 2013 - 13:46
One of our clients was wrestling with getting WordPress events to display within their event calendar, and I finally had enough. We really just needed a simple WordPress widget that displays upcoming CiviCRM events.
Submitted by SarahGladstone on September 6, 2013 - 06:28
There is a new native extension available for allowing parents to register their children for events within CiviEvent. Tired of using custom data fields on a child to collect information about their parents and emergency contacts? Would you like the information collected during the event registration to create ( or update ) the various contact records needed in the back-office? Then this is the extension for you.
Submitted by Alternativas y ... on August 15, 2013 - 13:31
We learned that there was a need to develop a CiviCRM local community in Mexico, based on enlarging the demand (Civil Society Organizations that valued the system could pay for and use CiviCRM), the offer (IT providers and web-designers that could offer their knowledge, skills and services to these organizations at reasonable prices) and the links to the international CiviCRM community (understanding the steps towards expanding the outreach of the software and make its installation and usage more friendly in IT-scare contexts).
Well this is my first post on the CivCRM Blog and I am very honoured to have been given the privilege by David Greenberg. We are a CRM consulting company - meaning that we provide consulting and advice to companies who require a CRM system or who have a CRM system in place but want to know how to use it to its full capacity.
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on July 3, 2013 - 21:01
I'm currently undertaking a vast overhaul of how our site (greenrenters.org) displays and handles events as they are our main interaction point with the public. I'll document what I learn in a series of blog posts and here's the first.